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Storm That Drowned a City

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Before Watching

  1. Have students locate New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico on a map. Then use a more detailed map of the city and point out Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi River, and the coastal wetlands.

  2. Help students learn more about hurricanes by making a chart on the board (or a handout) that includes basic information about them (see Links & Books for more information). Discuss the following with students:

    • What is a hurricane?
    • What causes it to form?
    • What are the main parts of a hurricane?
    • What stages does a hurricane go through?
    • What causes a hurricane to increase in intensity?
    • How are hurricanes rated?

After Watching

  1. Often before the arrival of major storms, people are asked to evacuate. Tell students that they are residents in a city that is 4 meters below sea level and a hurricane is heading toward the area. What might be some reasons they would leave or stay?

  2. Some population centers are susceptible to area-wide hazards that may require evacuation. Ask students if they know what to do in the case of a disaster. Have them research their local civil defense plan. What hazards have people prepared for? How will citizens get instructions? What are citizens supposed to do? Have students find out what their school's emergency plan is. You might also have them create personal weather emergency plans.

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